Friday, May 14, 2010
Breaking! Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says Mike Brown hasn't been fired.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is holding a press conference and just said coach Mike Brown hasn't been fired.
"That's not true," Gilbert said of a Sports Illustrated report, which cited two sources saying Brown was fired.
"We are right now going through the evaluation process," Gilbert said. "We're talking to coach Brown, talking to (GM) Danny Ferry, getting all the information."
Gilbert did not, however, assure that Brown will be back as coach. He said several times the franchise would begin an evaluating process and added that, "I don't think it's a secret that head coaching will be one of the things that gets evaluated."
Rumors of Brown's firing began to really heat up after Game 5. That was when Gilbert ripped the team's effort.
Brown, the NBA Coach of the Year last season, was 272-138 withe the Cavs but lost in the second round this season and in the conference finals last year.
He did take the team to the NBA Finals in 2007 but the team was swept by San Antonio.
The Cavaliers had the best regular season record in the NBA for the past two seasons.
It is unclear whether any coaching change will have to do with keeping LeBron James in Cleveland. Some believe a big name coach will help the superstar remain with the team.